LADY WOLVES HOOPS
BACK-TO-BACK for the LADY WOLF PACK!
The Lady Wolves defeat Madison Prep 37-35 to claim their second State Title in a row.
Alexandria, LA—Coaches always say make your free throws a good things will happen. Well, for the Loranger Lady Wolves the good thing that happened was a second straight LHSAA Class 3A Championship as Jamya Mingo-Young made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to put her team up two points. Madison Prep three at the buzzer misses the mark and the Lady Wolves win the 3A State Championship 37-35.
“I missed the front end of a free throw like a possession before that, so I had to make those free throws,” Young said about what she was thinking about as she went to the free throw line. She was named MVP of the championship game and led her team with 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.
Only six players played in the game for Loranger, four of which played the entire 32 minutes and then one played 26 minutes. Shields praised his team for fighting through multiple injuries and little rest to end the season on top.
“That's just a testament to who they are as people,” Loranger head coach Sean Shields said.
The first half involved slower play. Both teams didn’t have much depth so they elected to slow the game down to conserve energy and avoid getting starters into foul trouble. Toward the end of the first quarter Loranger’s Lulu Hookfin picked up her second foul and had to be taken out for the final 1:49 and didn’t come back in the game until the midway through the second quarter.
At the end of the first quarter, Loranger led Madison Prep 9-8. With Madison Prep holding the ball for around four minutes of game-time in the second quarter, neither team got much offense going and went into halftime with the scored tied at 13-13.
In the third quarter, Madison Prep gained a lead and, at one point, got up by as much as six points, but Lulu Hookfin and Ivy Carr hit 3-pointers to keep Loranger in it and eventually cut the Chargers’ lead to three points going into the fourth quarter. Carr, a senior, didn’t play much last season, but her five points in the third quarter helped keep Loranger in striking distance.
“After we won state last year I thought to myself, ‘Next year is my last year so I got to make it count,’” Carr said about her breaking out during her senior season for Loranger.
That was what Loranger needed so Young could take over the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of the Lady Wolves’ 14 points in the final period.
“She’s a complete player,” Shields said about Young. “She don’t play just one side of the ball… You never get to coach players like her in your career. If you get one, it’s special.”
Loranger outlasts Northwest 43-42!
The reigning Class 3A champions are headed back to the championship game. All five starters played the entire 32 minutes.
Alexandria, LA—Nothing is easy and the Lady Wolves needed every minute from their staring five to outlast Northwest. “It was a war just like we anticipated,” Loranger head coach Sean Shields said. “Northwest is a team that’s been on our radar since over the summer.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight. We saw it on film — how physical they play with unrelenting pressure on the offensive glass. That’s what happened the very first possession of the game.”
One of Loranger’s biggest issues in the first half was its outside shooting. The Lady Wolves didn’t make a 3-pointer in their seven attempts in the first half. Playing in a dome that has the seats further from the court than the typical high school gym may have played a role in the perimeter shooting slump. The first half was a back-and-forth, low scoring affair, with Northwest leading by one point at the end of the first quarter, 8-7.
“Anytime you come into this arena from a high school, it’s going to affect you,” Shields said. “We tried to do as much as we could to control that. Since the third-round game we haven’t taken another shot in a high school gym. But the depth perception in every arena is different… So those corner threes that we rely on throughout the year are going to be a little bit of a lower percentage shot.”
The outside shot did finally work for the Lady Wolves as Loranger’s Ivy Carr hit two three-pointers within 90 seconds early in the third quarter to push her team out to a six point lead. Northwest didn’t go away, however, and rallied back, retaking the lead with a minute left in the third quarter then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to gain a 35-31 lead going into the final quarter.
Young tied the game up for the Lady Wolves scoring on back-to-back possessions. Then Loranger gained a five point lead with 4:30 left when Young nailed a deep 3-pointer. Northwest tied the game up less than a minute later, then Young completed a one-and-one play on the following possession to put her team up three points. Neither team scored until the final minute when Northwest hit a layup to pull within one point.
The final 16.5 seconds involved four changes of possession with both teams struggling on different in-bounds plays and Loranger forcing a jump ball call to gain possession with 1.6 seconds left on the clock. The Lady Wolves ran a deep passing play, with Young catching the ball after a full court heave and dribbled the clock out.
Young led her team with 23 points,11 rebounds and five steals, and switched to the five-role in the second half to help get her the ball deeper in the paint to either finish or kick it back out. Carr finished the game with 14 points.
“I just realized my senior season was on the line and I didn’t want to go home,” Young said about her second half performance. “I had to lead the bunch and try to get the job done.”
Loranger headed back to the big dance with 70-37 in a Class 3A quarterfinal playoff win!
Loranger defeats the Madison Parish Lady Jaguars to advance to Marsh Madness.
LORANGER, LA—With a trip to the State High School Basketball tournament on line, the Loranger Lady Wolves will make its second consecutive appearance after defeating the No. 24 seeded Madison Parish Lady Jaguars 70-37 in a Class 3A quarterfinal playoff contest played at the Loranger gym.
The Lady Wolves (26-2) advance to the LHSAA Marsh Madness tournament that begins Monday, Feb. 25 and runs through Saturday, March 3. Semifinal and Championship games will be played at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria. The top-seed Lady Wolves, who are the defending Class 3A champs, will play the winner between No. 4 Northwest. The LHSAA will announce the game times and playing dates for all classes and divisions later this week.
Loranger began their quest to win a second straight title with playoff victories over Peabody, Westlake and Madison to reach the semifinal round.
Against Madison, the Lady Wolves trailed 9-4 in the opening minutes before Loranger coach Sean Shields called a time out to get his team’s attention. “We haven’t had much in terms of adversity in having to battle back,” said Shields. “I thought we could have done a better job of communicating our offense. We picked up two quick fouls, so were limited to see what we could do defensively. As the game wore on, I felt comfortable with the matchups and I think this group is focused and have put the distractions aside.”
Loranger answered quickly following the time out with seniors Jamya Young and Ivy Carr going to work underneath the basket. Young scored on a three-point play and senior Breanna Terrel was fouled on a made layup and foul shot to complete a three-point play. On the next possession, the Lady Wolves had Carr score on a put-back basket and she nailed a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter putting the Lady Wolves on top at 13-9.
Junior Lulu Hookfin started the second period with a three-pointer from the base line to give Loranger a 16-9 edge. Madison would miss on six consecutive possessions giving Loranger opportunities to expand its lead. The Lady Wolves finished the second period outscoring the Lady Jaguars 11-4 with Carr hitting another 3-pointer just before the end of the first half making it 29-12. The Lady Jaguars were outscored 16-3 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the game became a parade of players going to the foul line as both teams were playing physical. Young scored a pair of baskets off of steals giving Loranger a 38-19 edge. Young also delivered assists with passes to Hookfin underneath the basket for open layup shots. Young ended the period nailing a three-point goal to give Loranger its biggest lead of the game at 47-28 heading into the final period. The Lady Wolves outgunned Madison 18-16 in the quarter.
Young would put the explanation point on the game in the fourth quarter scoring on three treys giving no chance for a Lady Jaguar comeback.
Shields emptied his bench with 3:45 left to play with the Lady Wolves running away with a 66-35 advantage. Freshman Tai'ya Self scored the last basket for the Lady Wolves as fans gave the team a standing ovation in the final seconds of play.
Young led all scorers with 28 points, including four 3-point goals. Carr followed with 14, including two 3-point goals. Hookfin and Terral each added eight points apiece. Madyson Shields netted five and Ki'Ana Foster and Self each had three points apiece.
Madison was led by A. Fountain with 16 and M. Cooper followed with 13 points. The Lady Jaguars ended their season with a 19-14 record.
“I'm proud of the girls,” said first-year head coach Brandon Gultery of Madison Parish. “We were in a position where a lot of people didn’t expect us to be here. I think we are going to be able to build off this for next year. Loranger is a pretty good team. There number one for no reason. Young is a stud of an athlete that plays for them and I think they (Loranger) are going to be something to deal with going forward.”
“Northwest is a very intriguing matchup for us,” said Shields. There very young and scrappy. They have playoff experience and a lot of kids that played AAU ball. There going to put a lot of pressure on us all around the court. Our ability to handle that pressure will determine if we are able to succeed or not.”
Lady Wolves continue to roll!
Loranger advances to the quarterfinals with a 72-52 romp over Westlake.
LORANGER, LA—he Number one seeded Loranger Lady Wolves continued their trek to defend its Class 3A championship after whipping No. 16 Westlake 72-52 in a Class 3A regional played at the LHS gym.
The victory was the 10th in a row for the Lady Wolves, who now advance to the state quarterfinal round where they will play Madison Parish on Thursday. At stake will be a berth into the Marsh Madness State Basketball Tournament slated to begin on Feb. 25-March 2. Semifinal and championship games will played at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.
“I was really concerned with this game,” said Loranger head coach Sean Shields. “They (Westlake) are not a number sixteen seed. There very well coached, they make adjustments, they extended their defense and pressed us full court. We started penetrating their 1-3-1 defense and made key 3-pointers to break the game open.”
The Lady Wolves (25-2) waisted no time in determining the tempo jumping out to a 8-0 lead in the opening quarter. Loranger's outside shooting accuracy continued to pave the way. The Lady Wolves nailed four 3-point goals in the first period. Senior Ivy Carr had two 3-pointers and Senior Jamaya Young and junior Lulu Hookin added another to give Loranger a 20-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Lady Wolves began the second period with a steal by senior KiAna Foster at midcourt that ended with a layup and that started a 7-0 run to give Loranger a 27-7 lead with 4:54 left in the first half.
Westlake (17-10) trailed 36-15 with 3:15 remaining before the visiting Lady Rams went on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 36-23. However, Young scored her second 3-pointer of the game with three seconds left to give the Lady Wolves a 39-23 lead at the break. Loranger outgunned Westlake 19-16 in the second quarter.
“We try to create balance on the court,” said Shields. “It’s about where the miss-match is. If they extend their defense on Young, we can adjust and give her room to isolate her to go one-on-one against her opponent.”
Loranger added a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter as Westlake was unable to cut the deficit under double digits the rest of the way. Carr hit two 3-pointers and Hookfin added another late in the period to give the Lady Wolves a 56-32 lead with 2:37 left in the quarter.
Young and Foster each combined to hit four free throws and Foster added a layup as Loranger ended the period on a 6-0 run to make it 62-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
Loranger outgunned Westlake 23-11 in the third quarter and 18-10 in the fourth period to make the final 72-52.
Shields cleared his bench with 3:00 minutes remaining as the Lady Wolves cruised to their 25th victory of the season.
Young led all scorers with 24 points, including two 3-point goals. Carr followed with 20 points, including four 3-point goals. Hookfin added 16 points, including three point goals. Loranger as a team scored 10 3-point goals.
“I felt like were playing a little timid and a little scared playing the number one team in their house,” said Westlake coach Gloria Fontenot. “We knew coming over here it was going to be a tough game. They (Loranger) have a terrific inside/outside game. They have five good players that know their roles. I have kind a young group that played hard to the end.”
Lady Wolves advance to second round with 59-43 over the Peabody Lady Warhorses.
Carr collects 26 points.
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Lady Wolves Basketball team spent most of the season as the No. 1 team in the Class 3A power ratings. Now the Lady Wolves head into the postseason with the same No. 1 ranking intact. Senior Ivy Carr shot a season-high six 3-point goals to help lift the Lady Wolves to a opening 59-43 first-round playoff win over the No. 32 seeded Peabody Lady Warhorses. Carr had three 3-point goals in the first and then added a trio of 3-pointers in the second half to end the game leading the Lady Wolves with 26 points.
However, Loranger head coach Sean Shields felt his team should have played better. “I thought our effort could have been better,” said Shields. “We played to the level of our competition and have done this repeatedly all year. Obviously, when you come away with a win its something you can build on and you still get to play in the next round.”
The Lady Wolves (24-2) will play the winner between No. 16 Westlake and No. 17 Eunice on Monday in a Class A regional playoff.
Peabody took their only lead of the game at 2-0 before Carr hit her first 3-point goal to make it 3-2. Carr would added another pair of 3-pointers in the first period as Loranger moved out to a 22-12 first quarter lead. The Lady Wolves went on 10-0 run to start the second period. Carr scored on a layup and was fouled to complete another 3-point play. Senior Jamya Young added a pair of baskets off a pair of steals.
Loranger used a full-court pressing defense to start the second quarter and that forced Peabody into hurried shots and turnovers. The Lady Wolves increased their lead to 30-14 before Peabody called time out with 4:32 left to play in the first half. The visiting Lady Warhorses settled down and ended the first half with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 32-23 at the half. T. Scott led Peabody pouring in 13 of her game-high 20 points in the period. Peabody ended the quarter outgunning the Lady Wolves by a 11-10 margin.
Loranger answered in the third quarter by going on a 11-2 run. Carr delivered on a pair of 3-point goals and Young scored on a trio of mid-range jump shots to spearhead the attack. The Lady Wolves ended the period outscoring Peabody 14-3 to make it 46-26 heading into the fourth quarter. Senior KiAna Foster began the final period with a layup to give Loranger its biggest lead of the game at 48-26. Peabody was unable to get the deficit under double-digits the rest of the way even though they outscored the Lady Wolves 17-13 in the fourth quarter.
“We couldn't prevent them from getting to the rim in the first half,” added Shields. “We made some adjustments at halftime and weathered the storm,” In a game like this we want our players to play through some stuff and make decisions on the court to kind of impower them down the stretch.”
Young finished the game with 14 points, followed by Foster and Madyson Shields with six apiece. LuLu Hookfin netted five and Aja Bell had two points for the Lady Wolves.
Peabody ends their season with a 7-17 record and made their first playoff appearance since the 2014-15 campaign. “They (Loranger) hit some big shots and we missed big shots,” said Peabody coach Roslyn Jones. “We fought to the end and played hard tonight. We only to lose one senior and we hope to do better next year.”
Top-ranked Lady Wolves cruise past second-ranked Albany 67-49!
Young led Loranger and all players in scoring with 38 points and made 13-of-14 free throw attempts.
ALBANY, LA—The top two teams in Class 3A met up for a rematch, and, despite the change of venue, Loranger came out on top again, beating the Albany Lady Hornets 67-49. The district opponents met up at Loranger on Jan. 8 earlier this season and the Lady Wolves were victorious 59-42.
The game started close, with Albany leading through the first three and half minutes. Loranger missed some close shots and the Lady Hornets took advantage on the other end of the court.
“When we started the game I thought we were running great stuff but we weren’t converting,” Loranger head coach Sean Shields said. “We just weren’t hitting in shots.”
Then Loranger gained the lead for good with 3:20 left in the first quarter. Loranger closed the final three and half minutes of the first quarter with a 13-0 run.
“I think we had our legs under us at that point,” Shields said. “I don’t think the monkey jumped on our back until the third. I think we were cognizant of what we were trying to do and executing the gameplan.”
The Lady Wolves used that run to then dominate the second quarter. Loranger took its time in the halfcourt offense, working the ball, taking time off the clock and looking for a good shot. Loranger’s impressive final 12 minutes of the first half allowed the Lady Wolves to take a 35-13 lead headed into halftime.
In the fourth quarter, Albany mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead down to 10 points with three minutes left in the contest. Loranger then made free throws and Young started to handle the ball more to close the game out with a 10-2 run, resulting in the 67-49 win.
“I think where we got into trouble was when we went away from the game plan and started shooting too quick,” Shields said. “We want to take open shots in transition, but we also want to get good shots out of our offense because we feel like the pace of play will help us on the defensive end. I didn’t think we stuck to the game plan in the second half. We knew Albany was going to come back. They never give up.”
Young led Loranger and all players in scoring with 38 points and made 13-of-14 free throw attempts. Lulu Hookfin added eight points and Breanna Terral scored seven points mostly from the outside despite being a post player for Loranger.
“We’re trying to use her a little more away from the basket,” Shields said. “She’s always had great touch with the ball and she stepped us huge for us tonight. If we can get two kids other than Jamya in double digits and the other kids chipping in offensively, we’re having a good night. It comes down to defense. If we play well defensively and keep people off the glass, I think we have a good chance against most people in our league.”
Top-ranked Lady Wolves continue to roll!
Loranger Ladies toss in 13 three-point goals to score a 69-35 win over Hannan.
LORANGER, LA— The Loranger Lady Wolves Basketball team used a barrage of 3-point goals to capture a convincing 69-35 win over
the Archbishop Hannan Lady Hawks in a District 7-3A contest played at the Hannan Gym in Goodbee. The win improved the Lady Wolves to 2-0 in league play, while Hannan suffered its first District loss.
“We had no energy at the start of the game,” said Loranger coach Sean Shields. “Then it really took a couple of shots going down for us to get our defensive rhythm. This shouldn’t happen. It shouldn’t have to be where we have to score a couple of buckets for us to get our attention on the defensive end.”
Loranger made a season-high 13 three-point goals to break open a tight game in the first quarter. Both teams were tied a 10-10 with 2:08 left to go in the first period until the Lady Wolves exploded with a 12-2 run to break the game open.
The scoring burst began with back-to-back 3-pointers by junior forward Lulu Hookfin. Then on the next trip down senior Ivy Carr nailed a corner 3-pointer. Senior guard Jamya Young scored another 3-pointer off a missed Hannan shot to make it 22-12 at the end of the first period.
The Lady Wolves continued with their hot outside shooting by hitting four consecutive 3-point goals to begin the second quarter. Young scored three of the goals and sophomore Ashley Miller added another to make it 36-12 with 4:26 left to play in the first half.
The transition fast-break offense by the Lady Wolves saw Carr deliver a perfect behind-the-back pass to Young, who finished with a layup shot to make it 43-14. Loranger ended the first half with a layup off transition by senior KiAna Foster and another 3-pointer by Young. The Lady Wolves outgunned Hannan 31-7 in the second quarter to take a 53-19 advantage at the half.
“Typically if we can keep our intensity up the baskets will come a lot quicker. The main thing we wanted was to stay healthy and we did that tonight,” said Shields.
oranger kept its starters on the bench the entire second half. Hannan outscored the Lady Wolves 11-5 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 58-30 entering the final period.
Freshman Taiya Self began the fourth quarter with a 3-point goal and then Miller added another 3-pointer to give Loranger a 64-4 edge. Self scored another 3-pointer in the final minute to make the final score 69-36. The Lady Wolves outgunned Hannan 10-6 in the fourth period.
“Everybody got a lot of minutes. I thought the younger kids got good experience. Moving forward we're just trying to sharpen the axe before we get to the playoffs. We got a very worthy opponent in Jewell Sumner coming up so its time to get back to work and prepare for that game,” Shields added.
Young led all scorers with 22 points, including a season-high five 3-point goals all in the first half. Carr and Hookfin followed with 10 apiece and Miller added eight points. Madyson Shields netted seven and Self ended with six points. Foster scored five points for the Lady Wolves.
“The three-ball has been a equalizer for us this season,” said Shields. “But for that being said what happens when their not falling. You have to do something and you have to work through that.”
With the loss, Hannan fell to 7-11 on the year under first-year head coach Linn Standridge. “We ran up against a good team tonight,” said Standridge. “We came out and did what we we’re supposed to do. We pressed and played man-to-man. But they just whore us down and they (Loranger) hit a bunch of big shots. I told the girls you can let him beat you by driving to the goal or make them shoot it from outside and they were hot.”
Loranger, now 17-2 on the season and ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 3A power ratings, will host Sumner on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and then entertain Bogalusa on Friday, Jan. 18 in a pair of league encounters.
Top-ranked Lady Wolves rout Albany 59-42!
Mingo-Young led all scorers with 22 points, Ivy Carr put up 18 points and Hookfin contributed 14 points.
LORANGER, LA—The top-ranked Loranger Lady Wolves found its shot in the third quarter and used that to outscore the Lady Hornets of Albany 19-7 in the period to gain a big cushion so the Lady Wolves get the 59-42 at home on Tuesday. Both teams were ranked at the top of the Class 3A power ratings by the LHSAA that were released earlier on Tuesday with Loranger (16-2) as the top team and Albany (14-9) rated as the second team.
“We started hitting shots,” Loranger head coach Sean Shields said about his team’s third quarter run. “A couple rattled in and out, but I thought we left six to eight points on the board in the first quarter. And that goes for any team. If we’re hitting shots it’s a different dynamic. If we’re hitting shots then we feel we’re one of the best teams in the state of Louisiana, and if we’re not, then anybody can play with us.”
Early in the first quarter, Loranger gained an 8-0 lead, but Albany rallied to pull within one point before the end of the first quarter when Loranger made a 3-pointer to gain a 17-13 lead.
Both teams struggled to score in the second quarter which led to Loranger taking a 30-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Loranger then came out of the intermission with a huge run in the third quarter to gain a big cushion. The Lady Wolves’ offense was then able to fuel the defense in that third quarter to keep Albany from keeping up.
“I thought Albany in transition put a lot of pressure on us,” Shields said. “And all of the game ties into itself. If you’re having trouble getting back and finding your man then that extra two seconds of the ball going through the net helps not just from a mental standpoint but a management standpoint because it takes them a minute to get it out of bounds and throw the outlet which gives us time to get set.”
Lady Wolves score win over Hammond High to advance to the Parish Tournament championship game.
Young and Carr combine for 39 points.
PONCHATOULA, LA— The Loranger Lady Wolves advanced to the Tangipahoa Parish Basketball Tournament Finals after defeating the Hammond Lady Tors 56-41 played at Ponchatoula High School.
The win sets up a showdown with the Lady Wolves playing the host Ponchatoula Lady Wave for bragging rights on who is the best Girls' basketball team in the Parish. The two schools have met in the finals for last three years in determining the championship with Ponchatoula escaping with winning the title last season.
“Playing Ponchatoula is going to be good in terms of adversity,” said Loranger head coach Sean Shields. “It’s going to put our players in tough situations. They are very long. There length is going to cause some problems and their great on the offensive glass. They change up defenses and their not going to let our best scorer beat them.”
Against Hammond, the Lady Wolves started out slow with Hammond jumping out to a 6-0 lead and Shields needed to call time out to get his team’s attention.
“We didn’t start the game well against Hammond,”Shields said. “It’s tough coming in for a 4:00 clock environment with a dead gym and the kids kind of played to that energy. They (Hammond) did a good job of getting to the rim with their guards. There 1-2-2 zone defense slowed us down in the first half.”
The Lady Wolves responded after the time out by going on a 9-4 run to cut the deficit to 10-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Loranger's Ivy Carr nailed a pair of 3-point goals in the second period to tie the game at 18-18 with 2:29 left to play in the first half. Jamaya Young stole a pass and scored a layup in transition to give the Lady Wolves their first lead at 21-20 with 1:53 remaining.
Young would deliver on a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to give Lady Wolves a 23-21 advantage at the break. Loranger ended the second period outgunning Hammond by a 14-11 margin.
In the third quarter, the Lady Wolves made adjustments defensively preventing Hammond penatrating close to the basket and forcing the Lady Tors into outside shots.
Carr hit two more 3-point goals in the period to spearhead a 11-4 run as Loranger stretched its lead o 34-22 forcing Hammond to call time out.
Young added a layup off transition and Lulu Hookin hit a jumper in the paint and then added a put-back basket to give the Lady Wolves a 39-28 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
Loranger maintained its lead throughout the final period as Young hit a mid-range jumper and then scored a layup to make it 43-33. Hammond cut it to 43-37 with 4:10 remaining, but Loranger answered with a 3-pointer by Carr and another layup shot by Young to give the Lady Wolves a 51-39 advantage. Young scored on a jump shot and Terral added a pair of free throws to seal the 56-41 victory.
“We hung in there in the first half,” said Hammond coach Kovi Dillon. “We thought we had figured out how to stop them, but we just ran out of gas towards the end. We went away from our game plan in the second half. They (Loranger) got hot hitting those 3-point goals and we couldn't respond.”
Young led Loranger with 24 points, followed by Carr with 15, including five three-point goals. KiAna Foster added seven Lulu Hookfin netted six. Terral ended with four points for the Lady Wolves.
The win improved the Lady Wolves to 10-1 on the season with the only loss coming to Doyle last month. Hammond fell to 6-10 with the loss. The Lady Wolves, who have won six in a row, will face Ponchatoula on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. to determine the 2018 Parish Champion.
Lady Wolves are the LHSAA Class 3A State Champions!
Loranger defeats Madison Prep 42-38 in overtime!
ALEXANDRIA, LA—The number two-seeded Loranger Lady Wolves basketball team captured the AllState Sugar Bowl LHSAA Marsh Madness Class 3A championship after defeating the number five Madison Prep Lady Chargers 42-38 in overtime at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.
It marked the first time since the 2000 campaign that Loranger had won a Girls state basketball title.
“We didn't get off to a good start,” said a elated head coach Sean Shields. “When we went into overtime I knew we could be in trouble with Rivers fouled out and Mingo had four personals, and it was going to take a miracle for us to pull out a win.”
“It was unbelievable on how we pulled this out” added Shields. “I am so proud of their effort. At first we were not attacking them at all and we were trying to avoid contact. In the third quarter, we hit a couple a big threes that turned the momentum and that gave us some confidence.”
Loranger began game shooting cold from the floor as championship game jitters caused five first quarter turnovers. The Lady Wolves shot three of 14 from the floor, but managed to only trail 7-5 at the end of the period.
A three-point play by JaMaya Mingo and a layup by Linsey Ard accounted for all the points. In the second period, a put-back basket by Sydney Rivers left Loranger trailing 10-9 with 2:58 remaining in the first half.
Madison Prep went into stall tactics to get the Lady Wolves to come out of their 3-2 zone defense. The Lady Chargers held the ball for over two minutes and then waited for the final shot of the first half. Madison Prep missed on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds and went into the break with a narrow 10-9 lead.
In the third quarter, the Lady Chargers extended the lead with a pair of layup baskets and a pair of free throws to make it 16-9 with 4:02 remaining.
Loranger's first bucket of the second half came with 2:16 left in the quarter on a mid-range jumper by Mingo to cut the deficit to 16-11.
A three-point goal by Lulu Hookfin pulled the Lady Wolves to within two at 16-14 and then Hookin sank another three-pointer on Loranger's next possession from the baseline to give the Lady Wolves their first lead of the game at 17-16. A put back basket by Ard put Loranger up 19-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wolves used their momentum to break down the Madison Prep defense. Rivers hit a baseline jump shot to make it 21-16 with 6:41 left to play. Loranger's defense forced Madison Prep into hurried shots and turnovers.
Mingo picked up her fourth personal foul with 6:11 remaining to play and had to go to the bench. In her absence, the Lady Chargers went into the bonus and hit three straight free throws. But Hookfin scored on a fast-break layup giving the Lady Wolves a 23-19 edge with 5:34 left to play.
Mingo re-entered the game with 4:33 left and sank a pair of free throws to give Loranger a 26-20 advantage. Rivers picked up her fourth personal foul with 3:45 left to play and Madison Prep took advantage driving toward the basket. The Lady Chargers scored on a baseline jumper and on a pair of free throws to pull to within 28-24 with 3:20 left.
Madison Prep went on a 6-0 run to give the Lady chargers the lead at 30-28. But Ard countered with a 3-pointer and Mingo delivered on a pair of free throws to give Loranger a 35-32 lead with 1:09 left to play.
Rivers fouled out with 51 seconds remaining and the Lady Chargers closed to within 35-33 on a pair of foul shots.
The Lady Wolves held the ball on their next possession running the clock down to 15 seconds. A walking violation gave Madison Prep one last chance to tie the game.
The Lady Chargers scored on a layup forcing an overtime period tied at 35-35.
In the extra session, Madison Prep scored on a fast break basket and completed a 3-point play with a free throw to give the Lady Charges a 38-35 lead.
Moments later Ard sank a baseline three-point basket and Mingo added a free throw to give Loranger back the lead at 39-38 with 1:36 left.
Madison Prep could not get a shot off and Loranger forced a tie-ball situation with the arrow pointing toward the Lady Wolves bench. Mingo sank a trio of free throws to seal the 42-38 overtime victory.
“I get really frustrated when I miss 3-pointers,” said Linsey Ard. But once Lulu hit those two 3s we were perfectly fine.”
Ard led the Lady Wolves with 15 points, including two three-point goals. Young followed with 13 and Lulu Hookfin added eight points, including two three-point goals. Sydney Rivers netted four and Breanna Terral scored two points.
Loranger ended the season with a outstanding 25-7 record.
Lady Wolves advance to the LHSAA Class 3A Championship game!
Loranger defeats Albany 65-49 in semi-final.
ALEXANDRIA, LA—The Loranger Lady Wolves dominated in the paint on offense outrebounding the Albany Lady Hornets 18-5 to roll to a 65-49 victory and advance to the LHSAA Class 3A Championship game set for Saturday. Junior JaMya Young led all scorers with 27 points to pace the Lady Wolves offensive surge. Senior Linsey Ard tossed in three treys and finished with 13 points for the winners.
Albany made an early statement winning the first period 10-9, but the Lady Wolves had a lot of bite in the second period outscoring the Lady Hornets 22-12 to take a 32-21 lead at the intermission. Loranger padded their margin in the third with a 19-9 run and cruised in the final period to secure the win.
Senior Desrael Schnyer was stellar on the boards grabbing nine rebounds while tossing in six points. Sophomore Kiana Foster had seven points, while senior Sydney Rivers added six more for the Lady Wolves.
Lady Wolves are headed to the Big Dance!
Loranger defeats Iota 59-35 to advance to the Final Four in Class 3A.
LORANGER—Earning a trip to the CLass 3A final four in the LHSAA is never easy, but the Loranger Lady Wolves made it seem so as they made quick work of the visiting Iota Lady Bulldogs rolling to a 59-35 quarterfinal victory. Three Lady Wolves finished in double figures as Loranger is headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls' Marsh Madness set for February 26-March 3, at the Rapides Coliseum, Alexandria Louisiana.
The Lady Wolves wasted no time in punching their ticket to the LHSAA Class 3A Championships as they went on a 22-5 run in the first period and led 41-13 at intermission. The Loranger Ladies pushed their advantage to 53-19 by the end of the third and called off the dogs in the fourth as they cruised to a 24-point victory.
Junior Jamya Young led Loranger with 21 points followed by seniors Linsey Ard and Sydney Rivers with 14 and 10 points repectively.
Loranger will play District rival ALbany that defeated Northwest 56-41 to advance. It will be the third time Albany and Loranger have met this season with Loranger winning both previous contests.
Lady Wolves advance to Quarterfinals with 62-37 romp over Jennings!
Loranger to host Iota Thursday.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves took care of business in round two of the LHSAA State Class 3A Playoffs handing the visiting Jennings squad a 62-37 setback. The victory propelled Loranger into the Quarterfinals set for Thursday when they host Iota. Junior
Loranger opened the contest with a 9-1 run and led 15-7 after one period. Jennings stiffened in the second period as the Lady Wolves managed only a 10-8 advantage but still held a double digit lead at the half at 25-15.
Both teams struggled offensively in the third period as Loranger managed only nine points and Jennings eight. However, the Lady Wolves found their mark in the fourth out-gunning Jennings 28-12 to cruise to a double-digit win. Jennings got as close as six at 36-30 early in the fourth, but a trey by junior Jamya Young put the Lady Wolves back up by nine and they pulled away. Young would finish with 24 points to lead all scorers. Jennings failed to cash in at the charity stripe only hitting on nine of 24 attempts, while Loranger was 11 of 16.
Senior Sydney Rivers finished with 11 points for the winners while fellow senior Linsey Ard added 10. Jaz Sonnier led Jennings with nine followed by Tow Withers with eight and Thmyra Patterson with seven.
Lady Wolves make quick work of Bogalusa.
Loranger advances to regionals with 77-39 victory.
LORANGER—The second-seeded Loranger Lady Wolves opened the LHSAA Class 3A Playoffs in impressive fashion making quick work of the visiting thirty-first-seeded Lady Jacks of Bogalusa with a 77-39 victory. The Lady Wolves will advance to the regional round hosting fifteen-seeded Jennings on Monday.
The Loranger Ladies wasted no time putting away Bogalusa as they used the three-point shot to build a 32-2 advantage after one period of play. Senior Linsey Ard hit a pair of treys to pace Lady Wolves and would finish with 13 points. Senior Desrael Schnyder led Loranger with 17 while Shaute Chatman also had 17 points to lead the Lady Jacks. Loranger enjoyed its largest advantage late in the contest leading by 40 at 77-37 in the final minute.
Jennings defeated Caldwell Parish 68-51 to advance for their second round game with the Lady Wolves.
Lady Wolves complete perfect District season.
Loranger Ladies roll past Sumner 61-24 on Senior Night.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves wrapped up their final regular season home game in impressive fashion rolling past Sumner 61-24 to remain undefeated in District play.
The Lady Wolves opened the contest with 16-6 run, but the Lady Cowgirls rallied in the second period tossing in 12 but still trailed 33-18 at intermission. Loranger played suffocating defense in the second half limited Sumner to just six points.
Senior Linsey Ard led the Lady Wolves with 13 points, while Jamya Young had nine and Carley James added eight.
Lady Wolves are the CHAMPS!
Loranger Ladies get key road win over rival Albany 45-32.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves basketball team captured the District 7-3A championship after defeating the Albany Lady Hornets 45-32.
The win gave the Lady Wolves the season-series sweep over Albany giving them their second league loss while Loranger stays perfect with a 6-0 mark. The Lady Wolves will seek to end league play undefeated when they host Jewell Sumner on Tuesday, Feb. 6 on Senior Night.
After a slow start, the Lady Wolves rallied with a flurry of 3-point goals and outrebounded the Lady Hornets by double-digits to secure its 16th victory of the season. Loranger shot seven 3-point goals for the game to Albany’s none.
“Were averaging seven 3-pointers per game,” said Loranger head coach Sean Shields. “I think we have one of the best shooters in the state in Linsey Ard. If she would have got going tonight you would see fireworks and sparks shooting out of the net. We also got a couple key post points from Sydney Rivers and mid-range jump shot by Jamya Young.”
The homestanding Lady Hornets played in front of a packed gymnasium and got the home crowd roaring jumping out to a 10-2 lead.
The Lady Wolves committed seven turnovers on its first eight possessions leading to the Albany scoring surge. Loranger¹s first basket didn't occur until 2:56 remaining in the period on a layup shot by senior Desrael Schnyder.
“We allowed their physicality to upset us,” said Shields. “I communicated to them that it was Senior Night for them (Albany) and they came out and played unbelievably well to start the game.”
After a timeout, the Lady Wolves quickly answered with a pair of 3-pointers from sophomore Kiana Foster and senior Linsey Ard to cut the deficit to 10-8 at the end of the first period.
A low scoring second quarter prevailed but Loranger moved ahead for good at 14-12 on a three-point play by sophomore Lulu Hookfin with 3:20 remaining in the half. The Lady Wolves outgunned Albany 6-3 in the second period to take a narrow 14-13 advantage at the half.
Loranger extended its lead at the beginning of the third quarter with four straight 3-point goals by Schnyder, Foster and two by junior Jamya Young. Loranger ended the quarter forcing a turnover when Ard stole a pass at midcourt and fed Schnyder for a layup and then Young nailed a pair of baseline jumpers to make it 37-20 heading into the final quarter. The Lady Wolves outscored Albany 23-7 in the period to break the game open.
A 3-pointer by Loranger's Linsey Ard gave the Lady Wolves a 40-23 lead with 6:21 remaining in the game. Albany closed the gap to 42-30, but the Lady Wolves got baskets by Schnyder and Young to seal the 45-32 win. Loranger ended the quarter outgunning the Lady Hornets by a 12-8 margin.
“They did a heck of a job.” added Shields. “I’m proud of the girls with their patience and execution. We are a battle tested team with the schedule that we've played this season and it showed tonight.”
Young led Loranger scoring attack with 15 points, including two 3-point goals. Foster followed with six, including two 3-point goals and Ard added six points, including two 3-point goals. Rivers finished with five points and Hookfin netted two points for the Lady Wolves.
The loss marked the first home defeat for the Lady Hornets, who dropped to 23-5 on the year. “We shot very, very poor tonight,” said Albany coach Stacy Darouse. “We struggled shooting the basketball. We were down by one at halftime when I felt like we should have been up by a couple of buckets. We came out in the third quarter and just had some defensive break downs combined with the poor shooting. Hats off to them (Loranger) they played better than us tonight.”
The victory gives Loranger the outright District 7-3A championship as Lady Wolves (16-7) prepares for the upcoming state playoffs.
The Lady Wolves are ranked seventh in the latest Class 3A power rating. The top 32 teams will make the girls state basketball playoffs in Class 5A, 4A and 3A. The LHSAA will release the girls basketball playoff brackets on Feb. 11. The Girls March Madness Tournament will be held Feb. 26-March 3 at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria. It will feature the semifinal and championship games in all classes.
Lady Wolves open district play in impressive fashion.
Loranger Ladies rout Bogalusa 63-30.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves tipped off District play in impressive fashion Wednesday night with a 63-30 thrashing of the visiting Bogalusa Lady Jacks. Loranger senior Desrael Schnyder led all scorers with 17 points followed by sophomore Lulu Hookfin with 12 and junior Jamya Young with nine. Quantasia Lewis led the Lady Jacks with 12.
Loranger will host longtime rival Albany on January 16 in a key district match up with the Lady Hornets entering the contest ranked number three in the LHSAA Power Rankings while the Lady Wolves are ranked seventh.
Salmen ends Loranger Ladies playoff run.
Salmen defeats Loranger 60-53 to advance to the semi-finals.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves saw their hopes of a Top 28 apperance fade away Thursday night as Arianna Cook drained the nets for 28 points to lead her Lady Spartans to a 60-53 win. Cook
worked outside and inside collecting nine points outside the arc and the rest in the paint. Ashanti Eden added 15 point for the winners and Jaylen Henderson had 13.
Loranger’s Jamya Young who saw
lmited action due to nursing an injury led the Lady Wolves with 14 points while Sydney Rivers had 11 and Kiana Foster nine.
Lady Wolves headed to LHSAA Quarterfinals!
Lady Wolves defeat Woodlawn of Shreveport Lady Knights by a 61-54.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves basketball team will advance to the Class 4A quarterfinal round of the state playoffs for the first time since the 2001 campaign.
The Lady Wolves captured their regional round win by disposing the visiting Woodlawn of Shreveport Lady Knights by a 61-54 score.
The No. 1 ranked Lady Wolves improved to 24-1 on the season while the No. seeded 16 Woodlawn of Shreveport ends their season at 16-10.
The victory did not come as easy as some of the games the Lady Wolves have played this year. Woodlawn played a physical game and it took more than three quarters for Loranger to match their physicality.
“It was a dogfight,” said Loranger head coach Sean Shields. “This game took a lot out of us. It was very physical and the officials let both teams play without the contest being out of control. It feels good to get out of the second round.”
The victory puts Loranger in a quarterfinal matchup against District 8-4A nemesis Salmen, which won their regional playoff over No. 25 seeded Benton.
The quarterfinal will be played at Loranger on Thursday, February 23 with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m. The winner of the quarterfinal advances to the All-State Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Marsh Madness will be held at SLU’s University Center February 27- March 4.
The number nine-seeded Lady Spartans split the season series with Loranger with each winning on its home court. “We played a brutal schedule throughout the year and this type of game we played tonight prepared us for such a physical contest,” said Shields.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and went into the second half protecting the basketball, work our transition game without making turnovers, help teammates when in trouble and work our high/low offense,” continued Shields.
The Lady Wolves went to their high/low offense to begin the game scoring the first two baskets by junior Sydney Rivers who poured in seven of Loranger's first quarter points. Both teams were tied at 9-9 at the end of the first quarter. Woodlawn nailed a pair of 3-point goals to begin the second quarter to take their biggest lead of the game at 15-11 with 6:34 remaining in the second period.
However, the Lady Wolves responded With Rivers hitting a foul line jumper and sophomore Jamya Young sinking a 3-point goal that put Loranger back on top 20-18.
A free throw by senior Anna White and a bank shot by Rivers made it 23-18 with 1:41 left in the half. Woodlawn cut to three with a pair of free throws and a layup to trail 25-22 at the break. Loranger outgunned Woodlawn 16-13 in the second period.
The Lady Wolves expanded their lead in the third quarter. Loranger went on a 8-2 run to begin the period as junior Desrael Schnyder scored on a baseline jumper and on a put back basket. A 3-point goal by White forced Woodlawn to call a timeout to stop the scoring surge. Rivers would score 10 points in the third quarter to spark the Lady Wolves to a double digit lead. Loranger outgunned Woodlawn 21-14 to take a 46-36 advantage heading into the final period.
Free throw shooting would be the key for Loranger to hold on to their lead in the fourth quarter. The Lady Wolves sank 10 of 13 from the foul line to keep the Lady Knights at bay.
Loranger maintained its lead outscoring Woodlawn 19-15 to seal the win.
Rivers led the way with a season-high 29 points. Junior Linsey Ard followed with nine and Schnyder and senior Sydney Starkey each had eight points apiece.
White netted four and Young finished with three points. Carley James had two points for the Lady Wolves.
M. Caldwell led Woodlawn pouring in 23 points, including five 3-point goals.
The Lady Wolves will need another solid performance on Thursday to dethrone Salmen. The contest will put each team against each other for the third time this season. “Its going to be another dogfight,” said Shields. “Both teams know each others plays and strengths and weaknesses. The kids know each other and have played together during Summer ball. It will be up to the task on what team can best execute to determine the winner.”
Lady Wolves celebrate Senior Night with 84-11 romp over Pearl River.
Three Loranger Ladies score in double-figures. Anna White and Sydney Starkey were honored in ceremonies following the game.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves made quick work of the visiting Pearl River Lady Rebels Monday night jumping out to a 31-2 lead and then cruising to an 84-11 victory. Jamya Young led all scorers with 21 followed by Desrael Schnyder with 16, and Sydney Rivers with 14. The Loranger defense proved especially suffocating in the second half as they held Pearl River to just four points while scoring 32.
2018-19 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 27-2, 10-0
2017-18 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 25-7, 10-0
2016-17 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 25-4, 9-1
2015-16 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 28-4, 10-0
2014-15 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 15-13
2013-14 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 23-9, 9-1
2012-13 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 21-9, 7-3
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